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[STYLE] PEOPLE WRAP STAR JOURNEY OF A DRESS , AN EXHIBITION CELEBR ATING 40 YEARS OF DIANE VON FURSTENBERG AND HER ICONIC WR AP DRESS, OPENS IN LOS ANGELES. By Abigail Stone FIRST CLASS The life and times of Diane von Furstenberg are on display at Journey of a Dress, a dynamic exhibition taking place in the Wilshire May Company Building, next to LACMA. “Feel like a woman, wear a dress,” was the decree from designer Diane von Furstenberg’s ad campaign that transformed a decade. e simple silk jersey wrap dress she created in 1974 became a symbol of freedom for the many women who wore it—both to work and at play—and, when the DVF label relaunched in 1997, a badge of honor for their daughters. “In the ’70s, women were really craving independence and power, and this dress gave them that. It is a very empowering dress,” says von Furstenberg. “It is easy to wear and it makes a woman feel like herself. Four decades later, and it is still as relevant as ever.” To mark the 40th anniversary of the dress’ creation and von Furstenberg’s accomplished career, DVF will present Journey of a Dress inside the historic Wilshire May Company Building, adjacent to LACMA. e show, which runs from Jan. 11 to April 1, marks the L.A. arrival of the exhibition— Moscow, Beijing and São Paulo have already hosted similar versions. is one in particular boasts iconic portraits of von Furstenberg by legendary artists like Andy Warhol, Helmut Newton, Chuck Close and Annie Leibovitz alongside a retrospective of vintage and contemporary DVF designs, from the rst sample to the current collection. Also included are anecdotes from women who have worn the famous frock over the years during signi cant life events. “Women say, ‘I got my rst big job wearing that dress,’ or ‘I ew to Paris in that dress,’ or ‘I was proposed to wearing that dress.’ ere is just something about it—it is the dress that closes the deal!” remarks von Furstenberg. “I always say, ‘Be the woman you want to be,’ and this is really the dress that made it possible for me. So if women take one thing away, I hope it is that.” And that, as they say, is a wrap. 40 ANGELENO JANUARY 2014 AD CAMPAIGN PHOTO BY ROGER PRIGENT; DIANE VON FURSTENBERG DESK PHOTO BY ARA GALLANT; AIRPLANE PHOTO COURTESY OF DIANE VON FURSTENBERG, PHOTOGRAPHER UNKNOWN

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Abigail Stone

WRAP STAR

JOURNEY OF A DRESS, AN EXHIBITION CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF DIANE VON FURSTENBERG AND HER ICONIC WRAP DRESS, OPENS IN LOS ANGELES.

"Feel like a woman, wear a dress," was the decree from designer Diane von Furstenberg's ad campaign that transformed a decade. The simple silk jersey wrap dress she created in 1974 became a symbol of freedom for the many women who wore it—both to work and at play—and, when the DVF label relaunched in 1997, a badge of honor for their daughters. "In the '70s, women were really craving independence and power, and this dress gave them that. It is a very empowering dress," says von Furstenberg. "It is easy to wear and it makes a woman feel like herself. Four decades later, and it is still as relevant as ever."

To mark the 40th anniversary of the dress' creation and von Furstenberg's accomplished career, DVF will present Journey of a Dress inside the historic Wilshire May Company Building, adjacent to LACMA. The show, which runs from Jan. 11 to April 1, marks the L.A. arrival of the exhibition— Moscow, Beijing and Sao Paulo have already hosted similar versions. This one in particular boasts iconic portraits of von Furstenberg by legendary artists like Andy Warhol, Helmut Newton, Chuck Close and Annie Leibovitz alongside a retrospective of vintage and contemporary DVF designs, from the first sample to the current collection. Also included are anecdotes from women who have worn the famous frock over the years during significant life events. "Women say, 'I got my first big job wearing that dress,' or 'I flew to Paris in that dress,' or 'I was proposed to wearing that dress.' There is just something about it—it is the dress that closes the deal!" Remarks von Furstenberg. "I always say, 'Be the woman you want to be,' and this is really the dress that made it possible for me. So if women take one thing away, I hope it is that." And that, as they say, is a wrap.

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